Summer cold = the worst oxymoron. Who wants a runny nose, watery eyes, and a hacking cough when the sun is beckoning? Not me.
But life doesn’t always play out the way you expect, and last week I found myself stuck to the Kleenex box like a child who just discovered Super Glue. Good thing I had some freshly brewed ginger tea and an imaginative mind to keep me company.
Here’s 4 ways to kick a summer cold (or rather, 4 ways to keep entertained while the snotty tissues pile up beside you.)
- Search “baby laughing” on Youtube. This is a pick-me-up on even the worst of days.
- Open the dictionary to “M” and “N”. Read aloud. This is more of a pick-me-up for those around you than for yourself.
- Eat ice cream to “soothe your throat”.
- Count as high as you can. This one’s gold. If you have a friend doing math homework in the room, even better. Randomly yell out numbers (“Six!…Bidey-Bide!…Five-Hubdred-Twelve!) and when your friend freaks, you can tell them him/her that even sick people need brain exercise.
When all else fails, try out this super soothing ginger tea.
We all have our creature comforts when it comes to yucky colds. For years mine has been lemon-lime Gatorade. But with all the research I’ve been doing on the nourishment capabilities of plants and whole foods, I decided to go a more natural route.
Research suggests that ginger reduces nausea. For those of you struggling to eat breakfast in the morning, this is great news. I use powdered ginger in my tummy tamer breakfast shake, but the root works better for brewing tea.
This tea is a warm hug and a back rub on those days where you just feel like curling up in a ball and watching Girls.
That’s how you feel everyday? Hm. Guess you’ll be drinking a lot of tea, then.
- 32 g ginger root
- 1 lemon (about 70 ml lemon juice)
- 3 cups water
- 2-3 TB honey, to taste*
- Peel the ginger root and slice into disks or chunks. Juice the lemon. Add the ginger and lemon juice to a medium sized saucepan with the water. Turn the pan to medium-high.
- When the tea warms, stir in the honey. Serve warm.
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